Norway is one of those Scandinavian countries which are often lauded for their social security and even “family-friendly” policies. But it appears from this tragic episode that there are some things social welfare and openness do not guarantee.
The OECD, an alliance of richer countries, released its “first ever report on family well-being” this week, according to a press release. Considering that it has existed for 50 years, one wants to know what took it so long.
There are basically two responses to the social problems besetting richer societies today: one traces things like crime, educational under-achievement and addiction to the breakdown of the family; the other response says it is all down to poverty.